Psalm 104:10… “He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills” (KJV).
Many valley experiences are mentioned in the Scriptures and almost all are symbolic of spiritual experiences. In 1 Kings 20:28, a man of God came to the king of Israel and prophesied to him, “Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, The LORD is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD” (KJV). A lot of Christians think the same way, that God is a God in good times only, and no way would God be in a valley. The Bible teaches that God is committed to us at all times, on the mountaintops and down in the valleys. It’s a sad thing when we associate valleys with trials only or with defeats and discouragement. The opposite is true. You will find growth in the valley. Let’s look at a few valleys, beginning with the first valley mentioned.
The valley of Shaveh… Genesis 14:17… This is in the king’s dale. Most often the first mention of a word in the Bible gives a key truth about that word throughout the entire Bible. The word “valley” means “a broad depression between two hills.” In this passage, defeated kings were brought low and Abraham was elevated in their sight. The name “Shaveh” means “to level, to equalize, to counterbalance.” Into this valley came Melchizedek. He brought bread and wine to Abraham. Bread symbolizes Christ and the wine symbolizes the blood. Life was in the blood of Christ, Abraham was being pointed to His coming.
The valley of Gerar… Genesis 26:17… This was Isaac’s valley. The word “Gerar” means “to ruminate, brood, reflect, mull over in your mind some problem or thing that happened to you.” Isaac was tired of well digging. He would dig and the enemy would take it from him. So he brooded. He was mentally defeated. He left Gerar (“brooding”) and came to Beersheba (“the well of the oath”). At this well God spoke to Isaac. His spirit now strengthened, he dug again and called it “the well of promise.” The enemy could not touch him. Why? Because in this valley God gave him a word. That word was, “Fear not, for I am with thee” (v. 24, KJV). Quit brooding and move into the land of God’s promises.
The valley of Jericho… Deuteronomy 34:1-3… Moses went up on Mt. Nebo. There he saw the plains of Jericho and the palm trees. “Nebo” means “prophet.” Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (KJV). The word “Jericho” means “fragrance.” Vision gives fragrance. Vision gives hope. Vision gives direction and goals. Vision corrects, edifies, and refreshes. In your valley, God will bring you to Nebo. There, He will show you the land of promise. He will fulfill what He has promised. Many of you reading this have forgotten God’s word to you… Revive it.
The valley of Baca… Psalm 84:5-6… The word “Baca” has a double meaning. It means “a place of refuse,” and “a place of weeping.” The name was derived from the presence of balsam trees which oozed out tear-like drops of resin, which suggested weeping. Very often Christians go through a “down in the dumps” experience, and they weep and lament. Instead of letting go of the “refuse” in their lives, they hold on to them and weep. However, in the valley of Baca, they went from strength to strength. God was faithful to bring them out of a place of weeping into a place of joy.
“For the LORD God is a sun and a shield; the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee” (Psalm 84:11-12, KJV).
Pastor George Belobaba
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